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The '''Smithsonian Institution''' ( ), established in 1846 "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge," is a group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the United States. Originally organized as the "United States National Museum," that name ceased to exist as an administrative entity in 1967. Termed "the nation's attic" for its eclectic holdings of 138 million items, the Institution's nineteen museums, nine research centers, and zoo include historical and architectural landmarks, mostly located in the Washington D.C.|District of Columbia. Additional facilities are located in Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York City, Virginia, and Panama. A further 170 museums are Smithsonian Affiliates. The Institution's thirty million annual visitors are admitted without charge. Funding comes from the...
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PublisherB.R. Barlow| last = Barlow| first = William| title = The Smithsonian Institution, "for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men": An Address on the Duties of Government, in Reference Chiefly to Public Instruction : with the Outlines of a Plan for the Application of the Smithsonian Fund to that Object| date = 1847}} Originally organized as the "United States National Museum," that name ceased to exist as an administrative entity in 1967.{{cite web|title=Smithsonian History > National Museum of American History|url=http://siarchives.si.edu/history/national-museum-american-history|publisher=Smithsonian Institution|accessdate=June 21, 2013}}
PublisherEverything Books| isbn = 1-4405-2411-4| last = Leaf| first = Jesse| title = The Everything Family Guide To Washington D.C.: All the Best Hotels, Restaurants, Sites, and Attractions| date = 2007-03-13}}{{rp|57}} Additional facilities are located in Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York City, Virginia, and Panama. A further 170 museums are Smithsonian Affiliates.{{Cite book| publisher = Penguin| isbn = 978-0-698-15520-6| last = Kurin| first = Richard| title = The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects Deluxe| date = 2013-10-29}}
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